Largest cohort of new apprentices will be inducted into the ceda apprenticeship training programme next week

September 26th will see 20 new apprentices from companies across the industry, inducted onto the apprenticeship course developed by ceda and run in conjunction with ECTA. The induction will take place at ECTA’s training facility in Hazel Grove, Stockport.

This is the fourth cohort of apprentices to join the programme and the largest to date indicating the value those companies involved in the foodservice equipment industry see in bringing new talent into their businesses through ceda’s apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship standard, developed by ceda members, is officially called “the Commercial Catering Equipment Technicians Apprenticeship Standard (No. ST0791)”. The scheme has already seen three successful intakes since its launch in February 2020.

Peter Kay, ceda’s Technical Support Advisor Commented, “ it’s hugely rewarding to see such a large group joining the programme. We put a lot of effort into creating the standard and encourage all businesses both within ceda and those who are not affiliated with us, to talk to us about how this can help their businesses. The course is open to all.”

Two training organisations offer the 27 month course in the UK, ECTA in Hazel Grove, Stockport and NESCOT in Epsom, Surrey. NESCOT are currently recruiting for their first group and are conveniently based for those in London and the South East although those from further afield are welcome.

The funding for the apprenticeship is £15,000 which covers the cost of all the training and the End Point Assessment. Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy (those with an annual payroll of less than £3 million) are entitled to 95% of the total funding and have to pay the balance of 5% (£750). Employers who do pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to claim the full £15,000 from their levy account.

For further information on the course, please contact Peter Kay of ceda at or on 07770 848798.